On January 1, 2014, Illinois passed a new state law banning handheld cell phones while driving took effect.
Texting while driving is perhaps the most dangerous form of distracted driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), driving while texting is six times more dangerous than driving while drunk. Texting drivers are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers not texting.
Texting and driving is out of control - believe it or not, it is now the number one killer of American teens. And it is only likely to get worse.
What can we do as parents, friends and advisers?
I beg you to go to http://www.stoptextsstopwrecks.org/#home today and share this with your loved ones.
To stop this dangerous behavior, the Ad Council collaborated with the office of the State Attorneys General and the NHTSA to create a Texting and Driving Prevention campaign.
I'm sure you will find the site engaging and valuable.
In the meantime here are a few suggestions to reduce this risky behavior while driving:
- Put the phone out of reach. No phone means no texting.
- Make one passenger the "designated texter."
- Turn off the phone's sound notifications - reduce reflexive need to check incoming messages.
- Buy one of several mobile apps that cuts off texting while the car is moving.
All of us here at Frimark/Keller & Associates appreciate your efforts to stem this dangerous epidemic of texting while driving.